Micro review: ‘The Tattoo on My Breast’ by Ravi Rai – Times of India

‘The Tattoo on My Breast’ is the debut novel by acclaimed television director and writer Ravi Rai.

Though the prologue is set in the present, the story is set in the 1940’s, around the time of the Quit India movement and Independence.A Spanish aid worker named Abella Alejandro had come with the International Red Cross to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake and there she learns the story of Sadhana, a girl whose love story was cruelly affected by partition. A couple of years later she returns to work for the Rohingyas in Burma only to realise Sadhana’s love Rehman has been reborn and is in the Islamic state. She must try to find him to unite the reincarnations.

The story is well researched and beautifully executed. The plot timeline and some of the imagery make it evident that the writer used to write TV shows, which explains the dramatic plot and graphic visualisation. The book gives readers a good look at the hardship and inequality of suffering around the turbulent times in Indian history. Despite the backdrop, the story is predominantly a love story and this book is a great gift for any romantic.

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